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Subject: Starts Out Sounding Like A Hockey Game
A 12 cent can of pork & beans?? Today that can would be $1.59. But so what. 37% of households have EBT cards and when you pay with a credit card, the pain only comes once a month instead of every time you go to the checkout.
Oysters. Ugh! The hungry sap tossed away half of his paycheck there. Oysters were not by any means cheap back then. That wife should have crowned him over the head with a pressure cooker lid.
I like this film. The points they make were then, and still are, pretty much valid. Only, today that small can would cost 3X the large one, per ounce (your minimum wage at work).
Subject: Why you never send a husband to do a housewife's job...
Very interesting when the narrator basically said that the housewife who can preserve her own foods is practically worth no monetary value. The narrator at that point was a jerk.
One thing did strike me as curious... were leftovers a big no-no back in the 50's? Buying the larger can of beans would have sent the young couple to divorce court? Thank goodness Tupperware was just around the corner - whew!
And let's hear it for oysters, rutabegas, and crappy cake that turns into a brick - hooray!
Subject: Common Sense Approach to Food Buying
In the price comparison I thought for sure they were going to pick the big can since it was cheaper in quantity but they fooled me and went for the more efficient serving. Rascals!
I hope Henry learned his lesson and doesn't buy any more turnip/rutebaga(what an odd looking vegetable, let's buy two!), oyster and cake meals for his wife to cook. What a shocker that they threw the cake out, in my house that would have been eaten first and the oysters tossed. The End.
Subject: Food Shopping 101
Subject: A guide on how to guard against gastronomical gaffes at the grocery store
Subject: Mmm! An Oyster, Unidentified Vegetable and cake dinner!
Subject: Get the big one
I enjoy watching these films. The prices for groceries back then would put Walmart to shame. It's a great flick for nostalgia value. Notice how the real message is to never send a husband to do the shopping without giving him a list. Oysters, rutabagas and stale cake...YUM!
Subject: Bring on the Oysters, Rutabaga, and Stale Cake!
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ***. Weirdness: **. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ****.
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